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NYCU Janaury 29, 2019

San Diego County Medical Society

Paul HegyiPHYSICIANS: We have an urgent and important warning for all physicians about a SCAM being waged against San Diego County physicians. Scam artists are calling doctors at their offices claiming to be from the DEA and will ask for confirmation of the physician's MD#, DEA# and NPI# which they already possess. They then inform their targets that this information may have been stolen because it's been linked to illegal narcotics shipments. The target is told there is a warrant for their arrest but that they need to put up money to post a government bond.

The DEA is aware of this scam. They have issued the following statement:
This has been an ongoing SCAM. DEA is aware that registrants are receiving telephone calls and emails by criminals identifying themselves as DEA employees or other law enforcement personnel. The criminals have masked their telephone number on caller id by showing the DEA Registration Support 800 number. Please be aware that a DEA employee would not contact a registrant and demand money or threaten to suspend a registrant’s DEA registration.
If you are contacted by a person purporting to work for DEA and seeking money or threatening to suspend your DEA registration, submit the information through ”Extortion Scam Online Reporting posted on the DEA Diversion Control Division’s website, www.DEADiversion.usdoj.gov.
As always, let me know if you have any questions!  Paul Hegyi, CEO
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